Maple trees are important for bees in spring

Did you know that trees are among the earliest nectar sources for bees? Because flowers of trees like maples, willows and box elder are fairly small people may not notice them.  The trees are especially important because they provide pollen as well as nectar, early in the season when the bees are beginning to rear their brood.  A source of pollen is absolutely required for development of bee larvae. If you're out on the trail on nice warm March days, keep looking up to see the flowers and the bees!

This link will take you to a page that shows which bee-important plants bloom at which time of year. 

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